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Old 12-06-2011   #51
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Island Tropics ? Really? I think they called them that because your genitals felt like they were in a rainforest. We used to call them the Island Sponge.

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Old 12-07-2011   #52
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Great thread; just saw this documentary, and wanted to post it here.

Santa's Workshop - Inside China's Slave Labour Toy Factories
This is recent, posted Dec 3, 2011
Its 32 minutes. The first 10 min, and the last 2 min, is a good summary.

This confirms my feeling that it is better to buy something made in Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, anywhere other than China. Easier said than done I know; every item I looked at in Costco the other day was made in China- from the Snap-on tools (!!! they used to be so proud to be made in USA), to the Stanley tools, to the Hitachi drills (I thought they were Japanese?), to the Head ski gloves.

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Old 12-07-2011   #53
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Kokatat | About Us
Kokatat is hanging in there.
Shnee boots importing at least some boots from Italy.
Hyside is made in South Korea. I'm not aware of any Hypalon boats US made.
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Old 12-07-2011   #54
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The US made website on last page is good. Good looking daily wear pants (like Carharts) for not bad prices.
Outa Wear from Montucky looks great too. Looking to use them to replace my ski gear as it wears out.
And I found some nice slippers for the same price as Cabelas made in China crap. Now with my new haircut and some new slippers my wife can relax.
If I only had some stones I would start my own company making decent outdoor gear here and employ some more Americans.
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Old 12-08-2011   #55
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Vote for Newt and we can get child labor going here in america right away..!
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Old 12-14-2011   #56
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If anyone out there is looking for a little something extra to get for the woman in your life...

here is a link to some great handmade stuff by my friend Meghan in Montana.

OLI designs by OLIdesigns on Etsy


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